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text 2017-06-27 12:45
The Devil All The Time - Reshelved
The Devil All the Time - Donald Ray Pollock

Real life is pretty grim right now, so I'm having a little trouble with this very dark book. I've read enough to feel that I'll really enjoy it at the right time, but now is not that time. So I'm reshelving it under "try again later" and picking something lighter for my Booklikes-opoly square. 


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text 2017-06-25 13:58
The Devil All the Time: 23/320 pg
The Devil All the Time - Donald Ray Pollock

Finished Ch 1. It's a promising start, but pretty grim. It's horror, of course, but I'm accustomed to a little dark humor with the horror, and I can't detect any yet. 


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review 2017-06-03 00:00
Bob Dylan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Song and Dance Man (FAQ Series)
Bob Dylan FAQ: All That's Left to Know A... Bob Dylan FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Song and Dance Man (FAQ Series) - Bruce Pollock For the most part, this new book covering the career of Bob Dylan offers little new. But for the obsessed and interested fan it is still fun to revisit the greatest song and dance man to ever hit the stage. Unfortunately, there is a large segment of the book devoted to Dylan’s transgressions, which reportedly were many. Readers are bombarded and reminded almost constantly how prolific Dylan was at being unfaithful to his love partners. Unsure of how this behavior translates into the history of his art, but it does seem to be important to many Dylan biographers. As I neared the end of what I hope will be my last Dylan bio, there was a bit feeling of satisfaction knowing more than I should about the man. And still he remains an enigma.
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text 2017-04-19 10:31
19th April 2017
Blood Relations and Other Plays (REV Ed) - Sharon Pollock

There is nobility in the struggle, you don't have to win.


Sharon Pollock


Today we celebrate the birthday of Sharon Pollock. The leading Canadian playwright is best known for Blood Relations, based on the story of Lizzie Borden.

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review 2016-07-17 14:07
The Heavenly Table by Donald Ray Pollock
The Heavenly Table: A Novel - Donald Ray Pollock

America in 1917 wasn't the best of times. With the advent of the automobile, indoor water closets and WWI far away, but in the background, it wasn't exactly a fun period in our history.


The Heavenly Table introduces us to the Jewett Family, below dirt poor and with a father gone slightly insane since his wife died. He's trying to raise his boys, Chimney, Cob and Cane, the right way, but they're nearly starving to death; trading today's joy for wealth tomorrow, at God's heavenly table. We are also introduced to the Ellsworth family, the head of which was recently swindled out of the family's living savings.


The characters are the strength of this story. Vividly drawn, realistic and understandable-some of them I will never forget. Another thing that stands out is the humor, it's sick as hell and runs rampant throughout. The barn full of whores, the sanitation inspector, (poor Jasper, you'll find out why), Pollard the insane bartender, and the crazy Lewis family and their chimpanzee. They're all going to be sharing my brain space for a while.


The only problem I had with this tale was the uneven pacing, but even that didn't bother me very much. The characters were too interesting for me to leave them for any length of time.


This book is a great example of gritty literature, or grit-lit, if you will. It's imaginative, entertaining and even sickening at times, but always commanding my attention and making me laugh. What more could you ask from a good book?


Highly recommended to fans of gritty literature and dark humor!


*Thanks to Edelweiss and Doubleday for the eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*


20 Books of Summer: Book 15

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